Forum #1 - Elementary Rebalancing (2019-2020)

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2019-2020 Elementary Rebalance

Purpose of the Community Forums

  • Share information pertinent to the rebalancing process
  • Collect community input:
    • Residents views on school assignment
    • Revisions to the elementary school attendance boundaries
  • Provide information addressing community questions and concerns relative to the rebalancing process


Desirable School Characteristics

  • The Board of Education has identified six characteristics that the community believes are desirable for Oldham County Schools. 
  • They are :
    • Neighborhood schools
    • A K-5, 6-8, 9-12 Grade Level Organization Plan
    • Comprehensive Programs
    • Reasonable School Size
    • Open Enrollment
    • Traditional 10 Month Calendar


Need Assessment

  • Kentucky Department of Education
    • Reassessment of School Capacity
    • District Facility Plan
    • Minimum School Capacities for Future Growth
      • Kentucky School Facilities Planning Manual  304.2.1.1 (3)
  • District/County Data
    • Enrollment Projections
    • County Planning and Development Data


Elementary School Capacity 

SCHOOL  ENROLLMENT  CAPACITY  % CAPACITY
 Buckner ES  528  625    84.48%
 Camden Station ES  496  575    86.26%
 Centerfield ES  501  600    83.50%
 Crestwood ES  562  725    77.52%
 Goshen ES  655  725    90.34%
 Harmony ES  649  625  103.84%
 Kenwood Station ES  654  700    93.43%
 La Grange ES  451  593    76.05%
 Locust Grove ES  767  750  102.27%


Secondary School Capacity 

SCHOOL  ENROLLMENT  CAPACITY  % CAPACITY
  EOMS 674 533 126.45%
  NOMS 832 864   96.30%
  OCMS 788 779 101.16%
  SOMS 788 756 104.23%
  NOHS 1038 1267   81.93%
  OCHS 1642 1495 109.83%
  SOHS 1337 1019 131.21%


Primary Criteria for Establishing or Modifying Attendance Boundaries

  • Primary Criteria – based on logistics
    • Geographic proximity
    • Building capacity
    • Projected enrollment
      • (students are not always assigned to their closest school – all three criteria must be considered and all students must be assigned.)


Secondary Criteria for Establishing or Modifying Attendance Boundaries

  • Secondary criteria – used when primary criteria offer more than one option for assignment
    • Neighborhood grouping
    • Traffic patterns
    • Frequency of neighborhood redistricting
    • School feeder alignment
    • Balancing of special programs (i.e., Gates, ELL, Special Needs)


Criteria for Establishing or Modifying Attendance Boundaries

  • Neighborhoods are the building blocks of the attendance boundaries
  • Future school changes (openings/additions/closings) will be considered
    • Attempt to be forward-looking
    • Minimize the continuous shifting of neighborhoods


The Process for Modifying Attendance Boundaries

  • This will be a four part process
    • Session 1: General overview
    • Session 2: Review of First Draft (Week of June 11th)
    • Session 3: Review of Second Draft (Week of August 20th)
    • Session 4: Review of Final Proposal (Week of October 8th)
  • Board Review: October 2018
  • Board Approval: November 2018
  • Family Notification will begin December 2018 
  • Community Engagement
    • All forums will begin with a presentation
    • Ensures continuity in the process
    • Divided into smaller work groups (sessions 2, 3 and 4)
    • Groups facilitated by trained staff
    • Equity in the process
    • Focused on discussion criteria


Frequently asked questions

  • Why are you rebalancing elementary schools when high schools are over capacity? 
  • Why do you currently allow inter-district transfers if certain schools are above capacity? 
  • Will rising fifth graders and other students be grandfathered? 
  • Will there still be inter-district transfers during and after 2019/20? 
  • How will the elementary schools align with the middle schools?